Friday, November 6, 2009

Goa - Tourism


Goa -  Tourism

Goa, a tiny emerald land, with its natural scenic beauty, attractive beaches and temples famous for its architecture, feasts and festivals and above all hospitable people with a rich cultural milieu, has an ideal tourist profile Get swept away by the spectacular sunrises and sunsets, sunbathe and stroll along it's wide and serene beaches, Goa is the place to spend a much needed holiday.


Location:
 Goa, a tiny emerald land of 3,702 Sq.Kms. on the west coast of India. Located in the Sahayadri Range in the Western Ghats with the Arabian Sea on its west,

Season:
The best time for visiting Goa is during the months of October to March. This is the ideal time, as the monsoons cross over to the Indian mainland after pouring on the land of Goa.

Route Map:
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Getting There:

On Tracks:

 Goa is connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Secunderabad, Tirupati via Londa junction on the Mirage-Bangalore sector of south central railway, and to Mumbai, and Mangalore on the Konkan Railway Corporation section. Convenient stations are Margao/Vasco and Karmali.
Fly away:
The only airport in Goa is the Dabolim Airport, which is though a military airport but civilian flights also operate from here.The airport also handles apart from regular flights , chartered flights as well from countries like UK and Germany.
Indian Airlines has direct daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Goa. Air India also operates from Goa.The airport is owned by the Indian Navy. Major airline operators such as Indian Airlines
On Wheels: There are interstate bus services to Mumbai (16 hrs), Bangalore, Mangalore, Londa, Pune, Hospet, Hampi and Hubli.
On Ship:    Ship services between Bombay and Goa organised by Damania. 


Prime Attractions of Goa:


Vasco-da-Gama: It is 30 kms. from Panaji. A modem, well laid out city close to Mormugs Harbour, has beautiful and extensive avenues. The air terminus of Goa at Dabolim lies on the outskirts of the city. It is also the railway terminus for passenger service in the South Central Railway.

Panaji: The capital of Goa and headquarters of North Goa District, a small a charming city on the left bank of silvery Mandovi River, with beautiful red-roofed houses, built in Latin style, also boasts of many modern houses, well laid garden, statues and avenue's lined with Gulmohar, Acassia and other trees. Enchantit panorama unfolds from atop Altinho (Hill Top).
Mapusa: It is 13 Kms. from Panaji. The capital of Bardez Taluka, on the national highway, is the cross roads of the network of highways covering whole of Northern Goa. Weekly fair on Friday, is held at the modem streamlined market, attended by large crowds.

Wildlife in Goa
The rugged western ghats make it an ideal haven for many species of birds and animals and also provide a corridor for migration. The western ghats called the Sahyadris in Goa, extend for a total of 600kms in Goa of their total length of 3702 kms.

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary: This is Goa's only bird sanctuary, 1.8 Sq Km in area. A variety of local and migratory birds can be found on this island.

Alorna Fort
The Alorna fort is situated in the village of Alorna which is about 30 km from Mapusa and 10 km east off NH 17 from Malpem in Pernem

Ancestral Goa Museum / Big Foot
The Ancestral Goa museum/ exhibition is situated in the small village of Loutolim which is about 10 km from Margao and 25 km from Panaji. The musuem is also known as big foot.


Arvalam Waterfalls
The Arvalem or Harvalem waterfalls, which cascades down from the mountains, from a height of 50 metres, is one of the most awe-amazing spots. It is situated at about 2 km from the small town of Sanquelim
Boca De Vaca Spring
Situated next to the Mahalaxmi temple, the Boca de Vaca spring is one of the two springs that exist in Panaji Goa.

Carambolim Lake in Goa
The Carambolim Lake is situated approx 2 kms southeast of Old Goa in the Tiswadi taluka. It is excellent place of birding in Goa that supports a large population of herbivorous birds
Chorao Island
The Tiswadi island of Chorao is situated 5 kms from Panaji. The earliest settlers of the island were 10 families of the Goud Saraswat Brahmins

Divar Island
The beautiful Divar Island that is rarely visited is situated across the Mandovi River from Old Goa. A ferry connects the southern end of the island with Old Goa
Dudhsagar Waterfall
The Dudh Sagar waterfall is situated in the Indian state of Goa in Sanguem taluka. It is located 60 kms from the capital city of Panaji and is well connected with Panjim and Margao


Kuskem Waterfall
The Kuskem waterfall is located in the Canacona taluka in South Goa. It can be visited whilst on the way to the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

Beaches of Goa:


The prime tourist attractions in Goa are, no doubt, its sunbathed golden beaches. Some of important beaches of Goa
 



Places to Eat:
  • Villa Saligoa

  • China Highway

  • Hotel La Paz Gardens

  • Banjara

  • Margoa

  • Peter's

  • Panjim Latenight Eatout



 Accommodation and Lodging:



Travel Tips:

·         Before setting out on a sightseeing tour make it a point to carry bottled mineral water with you.
·         You might be a sucker for roadside food but check out that proper hygiene has been maintained in the roadside stalls.
·         For a day out in the beaches, use sunglasses and sunscreen lotions.
·         Maintain individual hygiene and regularly wash hands with soap and water.
·         Buy over the counter medicines only from authorized pharmacies.
·         Always carry a bag of medicines for common ailments such as common cold and an upset stomach.
·         Before setting out on a sightseeing tour make it a point to carry bottled mineral water with you.
·         You might be a sucker for roadside food but check out that proper hygiene has been maintained in the roadside stalls.
·         For a day out in the beaches, use sunglasses and sunscreen lotions.
·         Maintain individual hygiene and regularly wash hands with soap and water.
·         Buy over the counter medicines only from authorized pharmacies.
 

Water Sports in Goa




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  1. This blog is having nice information on Goa Tourism.The places are of the best places to visit in Goa.

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